Ford Honors African-American Playwright and Author

At the 19th annual Ford Freedom Award program, Ford and the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History honored and celebrated the positive contributions of African Americans culture and the arts.

This year’s thought-provoking theme was “How African Americans Bring Varied Communities Together Across the U.S.” It’s designed to praise the accomplishments of legendary creatives from the past and present. Most importantly, it heralds the influence of their designs on future generations.

Ford held the event from 6 to 9 p.m. on May 22. The invitation-only Ford Freedom Award ceremony will be held at the Charles H. Wright Museum of African American History in Detroit, Michigan.

“Ford is proud to be a continuing partner with the Wright Museum, to celebrate the positive contributions of these African-American men,” said Ziad Ojakli, group vice president, government and community relations, Ford Motor Company. “Their powerful art and personal courage reflects the stories and struggles of American communities, and inspires us for the future.”

This year’s award recipient is late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright and author, August Wilson, who is perhaps best known for his play “Fences.” He also received a Tony Award for best play in 1987. The award is one of Broadway’s highest honors.

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